Cargill intends to diversify its starches & sweeteners site in Krefeld by transforming from corn to wheat processing
Krefeld site will diversify its portfolio by providing vegetable protein, specialized industrial wheat starches and advanced bio-fuel to customers
KREFELD – January 18, 2018 – Cargill has announced its intent to grow and diversify its product portfolio at its starches and sweeteners plant in Krefeld (Germany) with products such as vegetable wheat protein, specialized industrial wheat starches and advanced bio-fuel. Transitioning this site from a corn to wheat processing facility allows Cargill to add these products to its product portfolio and help customers address changing consumer needs in terms of nutrition, packaging and sustainable fuel.
Responding to changing consumer needs
Cargill’s corn processing facility at Krefeld produces high-quality starches and sweeteners from corn for a series of food, feed and industrial applications. As part of Cargill’s long-term strategy, the transformation to wheat will broaden Cargill’s product portfolio to address changing consumer needs such as an increasing demand for protein rich foods, rising need for paper & packaging solutions and renewable energy sources. The transformation is expected to be completed in 2020.
“Cargill wants to address the growing needs of its customers and the market - both in the Germany and across Europe - such as the increasing demand for vegetable proteins driven by a growing world population and the rising need for industrial starches used in packaging“, says Alain Dufait, Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe Managing Director, says “In addition, we are exploring the opportunity to manufacture and offer our customers advanced bio-fuel produced from low-value streams”.
Reliable customer offering
The new facility will be using the latest production technologies, allowing Cargill to further increase its plant reliability and to further improve its service to customers. Menno Timmermans, Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe Krefeld site manager says: “This is an exciting time for us as the Krefeld facility will broaden its product offering to provide our customers with the right choice of qualitative and competitive wheat based products for food, feed & industrial applications to address a growing world population’s need for protein rich foods, booming packaging industry due to growth in e-commerce and growing consumer sensitivity towards sustainable fuel alternatives. ”
This intent to invest in the Krefeld plant demonstrates Cargill’s support for the German economy and the German and European farming community.
Cargill’s 160,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 154 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.
About Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe
Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe processes corn and wheat to manufacture a comprehensive collection of value-added products dedicated to the food and beverage, papermaking, corrugating, BioIndustrial, pharmaceutical, personal care and animal nutrition industries. We take a unique approach to each of these categories to enhance customer relationships and fuel sustainable growth. In the nutrition space, we focus on fiber and protein innovations, while our industrial offerings are designed to supply renewable solutions that drive value for our customers. Our portfolio of sweetness products is the largest and most diverse on the market, ranging from foundation sweeteners (glucose syrups, glucose-fructose syrups and dextroses) to low-caloric polyols and zero calorie stevia-based sweeteners. One of our core competences is to operate a reliable and sustainable supply chain, as can be demonstrated with the high quality potable alcohol we supply. Whatever the application, we help our customers thrive by delivering them valuable products and services.